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Dominic Christian of Hales lays the ball in over North Lawndale's Manny Patterson in the first half of play. | Worsom Robinson/For Sun-Times Media
Hales didn't do much wrong in the first quarter against North Lawndale in the fourth game of the Holiday Showcase at Chicago State.
The Spartans broke free from a 5-5 tie behind a 17-0 run to end the quarter and then turned it into a 19-0 run after scoring the first basket of the second. That was enough for the Spartans to post a 65-51 win on Saturday.
Eight players scored in the first half in which the Spartans held a 36-19 lead after leading 22-5 after a quarter.
The Spartans (6-4) were led by senior E'mon Frison (18 points), junior Johnny Fox (12 points, three steals), and Joseph Larry (10 points). Nick McKenzie, just called up from the sophomore team, made his presence felt with a steal and a 3-pointer in the second. He finished with five points.
"He has been lighting it up on the sophomore team and he deserves a chance," Hales coach Gary London said.
Fred Sims led the Phoenix (5-5) with 13 points.
The Phoenix trailed by as much as 19 and tried to make a game of it in the third, closing to 41-31, but the Spartans, despite 24 turnovers, always answered with a run. The Phoenix would get no closer than 12 in the fourth quarter.
"It was all about control - controlling the temp and being consistent," Frison said. "Even if they make a run, relax and just control the game. This was fun playing on a college court and gave me a sense of what it might be like next year."
Frison is a senior but isn't committed.